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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection

The Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project works to collect, curate, and share materials from Palmyra's history, starting with its first recorded discovery in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2000. Learn more about PADA and our passion for Palmyra's history, by visiting our website, at PalmyraArchive.org


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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in 1957.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect...
Topics: history, palmyra atoll, palmyra island, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1960,...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in the Summer of 1971.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1970s,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in the Spring of 1957.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1950s,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in 1956.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect...
Topics: history, palmyra atoll, palmyra island, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1950s,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Fullard-Leo Family
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in 1966.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1960s,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1980s,...
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by Fullard-Leo Family
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  The photograph notes mention David Beatty's Wild Spirit, though we're not sure what its in reference to.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra,...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1970s,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Fullard-Leo Family
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1970s,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Fullard-Leo Family
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1970s,...
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From 1940 to 1947, the US Navy illegally claimed ownership of Palmyra, quickly establishing a base of operations and beginning a series of massive construction projects. Its legal owners, the Fullard-Leo family of Hawaii, spent the whole of that time (and much of their financial resources) suing to restore their ownership. Finally, in 1947, they won their court case and control of Palmyra was returned to them. Shortly after, representatives, including oldest son Leslie, visited to asses the...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, ww2, marines, navy,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Betty Fullard-Leo
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This in-depth article on the Fullard-Leo families history with Palmyra, was first published in the January 1984 issue of Honolulu magazine. It features a wealth of information, annectdotes and photographs never before published, and was written by Betty Fullard-Leo, wife of Ainsley, son of the original owners. Special thanks to Honolulu Magazine, copyright owners of the article, for giving permission to share it as part of our archive. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Roy William Neill
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All scenes from the feature film Pursuit to Algiers, which feature actor Leslie Vicnent aka Leslie Fullard-Leo. Leslie was the eldest son of the Fullard-Leo family, who owned Palmyra from 1920, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2000. He retired from acting in 1947 to help manage his families ongoing legal battle against the US government for ownership of Palmyra. Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, ww2, 1940s, 1945,...
Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Constance Bennett
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All scenes from the feature film Paris Underground (Lady Pimpernel), which feature actor Leslie Vincent aka Leslie Fullard-Leo. Leslie was the eldest son of the Fullard-Leo family, who owned Palmyra from 1920, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. He retired from acting in 1947 to help manage his families ongoing legal battle against the US government for ownership of Palmyra. Synopsis: Based on the true story of Etta Shiber. Two women wishing to visit the French countryside during...
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In 1980, Undersea Resources, Ltd obtained a lease on the Palmyra Atoll, to farm shrimp in its lagoons. These photos come from the companies initial survey report, created to help potential investors envision what such a farm would look like, and how it would function. The images show existing buildings and equipment, largely left over from the WW2 Navy occupation, some refurbished for use at the time by a copra farming operation (the last in a long line of failed attempts to profit from...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, coconuts, 1980,...